The Beatles A Hard Day's Night on 180g Mono LP
Audiophiles Get Their Wish: A Hard Day's Night Cut from the Original 1/4-Inch Analog Master Tapes and Pressed at Optimal on a Dead-Quiet LP
NO DIGITAL USED IN MASTERING CHAIN: Working at Abbey Road, Engineers
Magee and Berkowitz Used Same Techniques Employed in 1960s for
This Extraordinary Mono Pressing is the Definitive Analog Version of This Landmark Album
Beatles remastering engineers saved the best for last. Cut from the original 1/4-inch analog master tapes and pressed at Optimal in Germany on a dead-quiet 180g LP, the Beatles' A Hard Day's Night is made by and for audiophiles. More collectable than its
stereo and digital processors, and featuring utterly
transparent-to-the-source sound, it is completely different than its
stereo analog counterpart by way of the all-analog cutting process and
audiophile-focused manufacturing. Purists rejoice: NO DIGITAL is involved in any part of the chain. This pressing presents the band as it was meant to be heard, in spectacular mono sound.
Mastered from quarter-inch master tapes at Abbey Road Studios by
Grammy-winning engineer Sean Magee and Grammy-winning mastering
supervisor Steve Berkowitz, A Hard Day's Night exemplifies sonic
transparency and analog purity. While the recent stereo LP and CDs
were created from digital remasters, Magee and Berkowitz cut the records
for the A Hard Day's Night mono LP employing the same procedures used in the 1960s, guided by
the original albums and detailed transfer notes made by the original
Working in the same room at Abbey Road where most of the Beatles’ albums were initially cut,
the pair first dedicated weeks to concentrated listening, fastidiously
comparing the master tapes with first pressings of the mono records made
in the 1960s. Using a rigorously tested Studer A80 machine to play back
the precious tapes, the new vinyl was cut on a 1980s-era VMS80 lathe.
The first Beatles album to feature all-original material, A Hard Day’s Night affirmed
the band’s top-of-the-world-ma status and served as the soundtrack to
the film of the same name, a movie that, like the album, helped change
the world. Galvanized by the arrival of new gear and methods in the recording studio, the Beatles went for broke and came up aces.
With the addition of a REDD.51 mixing console at their disposal at Abbey
Road, a device that increased the level of communication between
producer, engineer, and band, the Beatles upped the ante not only in memorable songwriting and joyous emotion, but definitive sonics.
And so now you can almost feel the repeat echo on the title track, a
cue that regenerates delay and adds to the tune’s spaciousness.
Similarly, the harmonica shiver on “I Should’ve Known Better” rings out
with amazing purity and expansive reach.
Most significantly, the LP frames the fairly crisp top-end sound of Ringo’s drums.
Throughout, his strict orders to hit the snare solidly in the middle
(and not on the rims) unfold in the form of involving rhythmic beats
that now seem as if they’re happening right in front of you. As for the
unique 12-string jangle created by George Harrison’s Rickenbacker
360-12 12-string guitar, employed for the first time on this 1964
effort? It positively sweeps over the soundstage, preceding the likes of
the Byrds. And those voices. Mesmerizing.
Don't pass up this chance to own the definitive analog pressing of this landmark recording. Audiophiles, it's what you've been requesting for decades. Now, it's a reality.
The Beatles A Hard Days Night Track Listing
1. A Hard Day's Night
2. I Should Have Known Better
3. If I Fell
4. I'm Happy Just to Dance With You
5. And I Love Her
6. Tell Me Why
7. Can't Buy Me Love
8. Any Time at All
9. I'll Cry Instead
10. Things We Said Today
11. When I Get Home
12. You Can't Do That
13. I'll Be Back